Aussie markets are weighed down by a bit of the weakness.

Observe. At 12pm (AEDT) on Monday, March 18, the S&P/ASX 200 was thus:


The ASX…

By lunchtime the S&P/ASX200 had dropped some 16 points or 0.20%, crossing below its 20-day moving average. It’s now a third straight morning of slipping and sliding for the ASX all around these softer global commodity prices.

China’s February economic read should be released early this arvo. If it’s a horror show beyond previous imagination, we could see some speculation on that front, but for now, well, there’s simply too much for a sleepy traders to take in on a wet Monday in Sydney.

Laying a pall darker than the autumn clouds – the price of iron ore and its apparent trajectory to somewhere horrible sub-US$100.

This is a scratch traders don’t know how to itch. Materials are up about 0.1%. Copper is surging, but it would appear the tension between snapping up an iron ore heavyweight bargain and actually accepting that China won’t be rising to the rescue for local commodities is a hard one.

Easier to accept, is the fear of rates that just won’t fall has its fingerprints all over the local market and traders know how to deal with that.

The cash rate sensitive sectors like IT and Real Estate are leading the bleeding.

The week is bleak with truth telling moments for the near-term pace of global rate cuts.

At home, the RBA  meets and greets and chooses our destiny on Tuesday.

Out front is not where Gov’nuh M. Bullock wants to be on this one.

Because 24 hours later we’ll watch the Bank of Japan, the Bank of England and the US Federal Reserve all make their monetary policy lines in the sand.

Even more troubling – the bureau of local data (ABS) drops critical rate-related jobs data on Thursday.

The upshot is no one wants to make their bed yet.

This morning, the benchmark’s worst is Audinate (ASX:AD8)  and Strike Energy (ASX:STX) down 7.25% and 5.8%.

The index has lost 2.45% for the last five days, but is virtually unchanged over the last 12 months of drunk driving.


ASX stocks going ex-divvy on Monday

Centrepoint Alliance (ASX:CAF)
Contact Energy (ASX:CEN)
Mitchell Services (ASX:MSV)
Stanmore Coal (ASX:SMR)


Not the ASX…

It was early on Saturday morning in beautiful Sydenham when the S&P500 ended 0.7% lower and collected a second consecutive weekly loss, the first of 2024 and largely courtesy of Mega Tech.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average dipped 190.89 points, or 0.5%, to finish the session at 38,714.77, while the Nasdaq Composite slipped 0.95% to 15,973.17.

The return of ye olde indications of inflationary pressures have ensured an amped up degree of anxiety around equities ahead of this week’s Federal Reserve’s policy meet.

Tech stocks were smushed.  Amazon (AMZN )and Microsoft MSFT) down more than 2% apiece.

Shares of Apple (APPL) and Google-daddy Alphabet (GOOG) also retreated.

Chip daddy of everyone, Nvidia (NVDA) has wobbled for the last few sessions but  thast might be sorted later this week.

On a sector level in New York, Tech was the worst on Friday. Energy the best.

The S&P 500 shed 0.13 per cent last week. The 30-stock Dow inched lower by 0.02 per cent on the week, and the Nasdaq slipped 0.7 per cent.

However, according to UBS, the S&P500 has advanced strongly since late October, led by the 6 largest TECH+ stocks (NVDA, META, AMZN, MSFT, GOOG, AAPL).

UBS strategists believe the market’s advance, and its narrow leadership, are justified given the strength in earnings revisions over this period:

  • 2024 EPS growth expectations for the largest 6 TECH+ stocks are for 26.3%, vs. 6.1% for the rest of the S&P 500.
  • Revisions for the largest 6 TECH+ companies advanced 8.9%, with just over half of this upside coming from NVDA.
  • Excluding the largest 6 stocks, estimates for the broader TECH+ sector have declined 1.9%.
  • 2024 earnings estimates for the S&P 500 have decreased -0.7% since late October. However, this is much better than the historical average of -2.9% over the same period.

Outside of TECH+, UBS estimates there’ll be -3.0% step back, thanks to poor revisions in Energy, Materials, and Health Care.

At lunchtime in Sydney US futures are mixed.


Via Fox


ASX small cap winners

Here are the best performing ASX small cap stocks for March 18 [intraday]:

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Dorsavi (ASX:DVL)  – a local developer of FDA approved wearable sensors and “leader in human movement analytics,” is says it’s successfully integrated real-time facial tracking into its suite of AI-powered video tracking stuff –  available in its ViMove+ platform.
DVL says it has been developing “non-intrusive, AI-powered, high-precision movement tracking capabilities within its ViMove+ platform leveraging video capture.”
“The ViMove+ platform directly complements dorsaVi’s core sensor technology currently used by leading groups including Medtronic2 and QBE Insurance Group3 . Without requiring physical sensors, ViMove+ video AI offers several advantages including the ability to capture and analyse more natural movements as well as improving scalability, margins and delivery costs for the Company.”
It seems, according to DVL, that “real-time facial tracking was an essential feature for de-identifying individuals during video capture through facial blurring.”
The upgrade now allows dorsaVi to provide industry-leading contactless movement analysis, while also complying with stringent ISO27001 and privacy requirements, crucial technical hurdles required before working with enterprise-scale clients.
A beta version of the video capture module is being evaluated by 15 US customers before a commercial release occurring in Q4 FY24, DVL is also set to launch an upper limb module in Q1 FY25 and is in the advanced stages of developing a swing-based module, designed to analyse complex movements in sports including golf, tennis and baseball.
The stock jumped 60%.
The other big winner this AM is from ADX Energy (ASX:ADX) which says it’s discovered condensate rich gas at its Welchau-1 well.
“The well has intersected 115 metres of condensate rich gas shows in the primary target formation at a depth close to the pre drill prognosis,” says ADX executive chairman Ian Tchacos.
Results from drilling and logging to date are as follows:
– 115 metres of liquids rich gas shows intersected in the primary target formation “Steinalm Formation” at depth between 1452 metres and 1567 metres. The deepest gas shows were encountered in the well at a depth of 1645 metres MD.
– The Steinalm Formation intersection in the well is in line with the pre-drill prognosis providing confidence in the structural model for Welchau.
– The Steinalm Formation intersected in Welchau is the same zone that flowed condensate rich gas in the nearby Molln-1 well at a rate of 4 MMSCFPD in 1989.
– Compositional analysis from gas shows at Welchau indicates very similar condensate rich gas to the gas tested at the Molln-1 well.
– The well has encountered 380 metres of effective seal “The Lunz Formation” above the main target.
Seal quality and thickness was a key risk that has been mitigated based on the results of Welchau-1, says Mr Tchacos.

ASX small cap losers

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In case you missed it

Rare earth metallurgical specialists ANSTO has independently validated previously announced “breakthrough” leach results over Red Metal’s (ASX:RDM) Sybella discovery in northwest Queensland.

Phase 1 test work first reported in early February suggested the potential for low-cost processing at Sybella involving heap leach methods. Subsequent leach tests by ANSTO on the same RC chip samples originally assessed by Core Resources were consistent with the preliminary results.

RDM is now turning its attention to Phase 2 work which will provided the company with more optimised data for an early-stage mining study. Results of the comminution tests and additional processing of the pregnant leach solution to recover the rare earths are expected in Q2 2024.

Land access preparations are also progressing for a regional step-out drilling program set to begin in early May.


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